Ford + Bergner LLP Successfully Obtains Appellate Victory Regarding Jurisdiction

Greg Griffin

On May 7, 2019, the First Court of Appeals in Texas issued its opinion in the case John Paul Chevriere, Appellant v. Rose Marie Lorraine Chevriere Mitchell A/K/A Rose Marie Mitchell, Appelle. Ford + Bergner successfully represented John Paul Chevriere, who is the party that filed the appellate case.

The case arose in the context of a dispute over a Will that was filed in Harris County Probate Court 2. At issue, John Paul’s step-mother had been a resident of Fort Bend County, Texas for several years, but weeks before her death, she relocated to Harris County. Following her death, John Paul filed her Will for probate in Harris County, and other family members objected saying that the case should be in Fort Bend County instead of Harris County. At a hearing on the matter, the judge of Harris County Probate Court 2 determined that he did not have jurisdiction of the case, and he dismissed John Paul’s application for probate. John Paul appealed to the Court of Appeals.

On appeal, the Court of Appeals agreed with John Paul and determined that Harris County Probate Court 2 actually does have jurisdiction of the case, and the Court of Appeals overturned the trial court’s order dismissing the case.

John Paul was represented by Ford + Bergner LLP Managing Partner Don D. Ford and appellate section head, Kenneth A. Krohn. The victory in the appellate court for John Paul represents one of two victories that Ford + Bergner achieved for clients in the First Court of Appeals in a 2-week period. Congratulations to John Paul!